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Army to build personal homes for troops fighting insecurity

The Nigerian Army says all arrangements are already in place to build befitting personal homes for all soldiers fighting various forms of insecurity in the…

The Nigerian Army says all arrangements are already in place to build befitting personal homes for all soldiers fighting various forms of insecurity in the country to serve as their abode after retirement.

It also said premiums paid to beneficiaries of various insurance schemes to cater for troops’ dependents in any eventuality have been doubled without any corresponding increase in contributions.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, made this known at the opening of the First Quarter Chief of Army Staff Conference 2024 in Abuja on Tuesday.

Lagbaja, a three-star general, explained that the Nigerian Army is implementing new welfare initiatives to boost and improve the morale of troops.

He said the Affordable Home Ownership Option for All Soldiers (AHOOAS) is one such measure, aimed at alleviating the hardship soldiers encounter in securing personal accommodation during post-service life.

The army chief said he had directed the Post-Service Housing Development Limited (PHDL) to set aside five per cent of the AHOOAS Scheme in each estate for allocation to soldiers with operational related disabilities.

He noted that this is a way of making the scheme inclusive and sensitive to the plight of soldiers with such challenges, adding that the Nigerian Army will cover all the housing expenses at 100 per cent for the soldiers.

 

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